LED lighting specialist Marl International has invested $187,000 in tools for prototype and small batch production to handle the growing demand for its specialist LED lighting assemblies.
The investment will enable faster turnaround for Marl to make the prototypes of its bespoke lighting solutions for customers as well as its own LED lighting products.
Marl attributes its success to its capability to handle the whole process from design and prototyping to volume manufacturing and testing on a single site.
Marl has invested in an LPKF Protomat S100 PCB routing machine, a Hurco TM6 2-axis CNC (computer numerical control) lathe and a Hurco VM20 3 axis machining centre.
The Hurco machines will increase Marl's capacity to produce prototype housings and mechanical parts by 50% while doubling the company's rate of mould tool production. Both machines feature a high degree of automation, allowing designs to be built straight from the CAD files generated by Marl's design team.
The LPKF PCB router is a state-of-the art system, which eliminates the need for Marl's staff to handle hazardous etching chemicals. Also working directly from CAD files, the CNC machine can build single or double sided boards with up to two layers.
The PCB router can also produce aluminium clad boards for designs requiring thermal management. Using the machine, Marl can produce a prototype PCB in just a few hours.
The new machining centre and PCB router will allow Marl to turnaround most prototypes within a week of the acceptance of a design by its customers.
According to Marl Managing Director Adrian Rawlinson, their strength lies in their ability to produce energy efficient lighting solutions for specific customer requirements. Marl counts well-known organisations such as the Formula 1 Association, British Energy, British Waterways Board, Network Rail and Nokia Siemens Networks among their clients.
He adds that Marl has also been very successful in engineering their own products to address specific market opportunities, such as infrared LED assemblies for use by the security forces, and security lights.
He believes that the investment made for new equipment will allow Marl to be even more agile when addressing similar opportunities in future.
Marl International is represented in Australia by Aerospace and Defence Products .